ABOUT MAI


MAI is a platform for immaterial art and long durational works, including those of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, science, nature, technology, and undiscovered forms that may develop in the future. MAI is an incubator for collaboration among emerging and established individuals working in these fields.

Currently, MAI acts as an immaterial institute, hosting live events at partner venues, presenting collaborative projects, and educating the public about long durational works through its online platforms. For information about current and upcoming MAI events, click here.

MAI Hudson, a building located in Hudson, New York, is being re-designed by The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Once renovated, this building will be the home of MAI, providing a space for long durational works, multidisciplinary collaboration, educational programming, and the Abramovic Method.




THE BEGINNINGS OF MAI

Marina Abramovic is a New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over four decades, her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. View the below videos to learn more about Abramovic and her works.
Above videos directed by Milica Zec
Abramovic was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. In 2008, she was decorated with the Austrian Commander Cross for her contribution to art history.

In 2010, Abramovic had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for 716 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During this performance, Abramovic engaged in mutual gaze with more than one thousand strangers over the course of three months. Over 750,000 visitors came to view “The Artist Is Present” and Abramovic was inspired by the general public’s desire to engage with long durational and immaterial works. This is when her vision of MAI was born.

Marina Abramovic Institute (MAI) will serve as Abramovic’s legacy, not in the traditional sense as a monument to her own work, but instead as a venue that will expand the accessibility of immaterial and long durational work and create new possibilities for collaboration among thinkers of all fields.


LONG DURATIONAL WORK


MAI will be the first institute of its size dedicated to long durational work: works of art that elapse over extreme lengths of time. As a space dedicated to the presentation of immaterial art, MAI will serve as a platform for performances lasting six hours or more. Stretching the length of a performance beyond conventional boundaries — from several hours to centuries — alters the viewer’s typical perception of time and encourages both performers and audience to engage with this experience.
Follow MAI on Facebook and Twitter for frequent posts about archival, current, and upcoming long durational works. To suggest a long durational work for the MAI digital archives, contact MAI via this form with subject line "long durational work."



MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

Throughout history, there have been many productive overlaps in fields of knowledge: prominent mathematicians worked out calculations to serve ritual requirements of spiritual centers, philosophers explored scientific avenues to revitalize the arts. MAI will encourage long durational collaborative projects by:
  • Inviting artists to propose, present, and premiere long  durational works of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, and more.
  • Providing space and resources for artists, scientists, and thinkers to co-create and develop new projects.
  • Hosting lectures, workshops, community outreach initiatives, public programs, and continuing education classes, as well as an extended library of time-based and immaterial works.

 



BECOME A MAI FOUNDER

MAI aims to create a global community of collaborators. You can grow this community by spreading the word to your family and friends through networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

By inviting the broader public to contribute to early development, crowdfunding efforts affirm and build the engaged community necessary for sustaining MAI into the future. To make a a financial contribution to MAI, click here.